06/28/05 - Meeting

06/28/05 - Meeting

Postby Town Engineer » Thu May 26, 2005 10:44 am

PLANNING BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005

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7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: TRI-RIVER REALTY
Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan of Land
Entitled “Hardwood Estates”
Located off Southeast Main Street

7:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD
Proposed Changes/Amendments to the Town of Douglas Rules & Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land

8:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: CHERRIER REALTY CORP
Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan of Land
Entitled “King Estates”
Located off Wallis Street



MEETING MINUTES OF
ZBA APPLICATIONS
DISCUSSION
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Postby Town Engineer » Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:22 am

PLANNING BOARD MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

ATTENDANCE
Chairman Richard Vanden Berg, Linda Brown, Daniel Heney, Mark Mungeam, Joel Rosenkrantz, Roy Swenson, William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Stephen Zisk (Planning/Conservation Agent), Dawn Ghiorse (Administrative Secretary)
Absent: Ernest Marks

7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: TRI-RIVER REALTY
Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan of Land Entitled “Hardwood Estates”
Located off Southeast Main Street
· Scott Medeiros, from Andrews Survey & Engineering, was present to discuss Hardwood Estates. The original plan for this subdivision was for four lots. The plan, which changed from four to three lots, is once again proposing four lots. The new plan now has a detention pond added. The Applicant is asking for a waiver on showing the projection to the adjacent land. The reason for the request is to address the possibility of a subdivision going in between Nature View Estates and Hardwood Estates. In addition, the standard waivers are being requested including sidewalks on both sides of the road and street lighting.
· Rosenkrantz asked whether the abutters have been notified of these changes; Medeiros replied they have not been notified. The Board asked that the Applicant notify the abutters.
· Brown asked how close the detention pond would be to the abutters. Medeiros speculated it to be around 50 feet. Mungeam asked about access to the pond. Medeiros stated that there would be an easement along the proposed driveway. Mungeam asked whether the plan is to go back to a standard road; Medeiros replied that the road would be a standard one with a length of 470 feet. The road has also been slightly moved from the original plan.
· Cundiff suggested that larger site distances, at the subdivision entrance, might be necessary due to the traffic on Southeast Main Street.
· Medeiros submitted in writing a request for an extension of the review period. A MOTION to continue this Public Hearing to Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at 7:45 was made by Heney; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

7:15 PM ANR PLAN: KENNETH & ANNETTE McCALLUM
Yew Street
· Scott Medeiros, from Andrews Survey & Engineering, was present to discuss this ANR plan. Medeiros stated that the Applicant has presented two ANR plans. The original plan went through Land Court; the second ANR plan did not go through Land Court. There are new members at Land Court who are requesting some slight changes to the perimeter from what was originally approved. These changes will supersede the plan at the Registry.
· Zisk confirmed that not much has changed with the ANR and that the ANR conforms to the Town rules and regulations. Zisk added that it is advantageous having Land Court approval.
· Mungeam suggested that the Francis property, which is four acres, be shown on the plan. Medeiros said that he would add it to the plan. Cundiff stated that Medeiros does not have the authority to make such changes to the plan.
· Cundiff stated that no fee was paid, since the Applicant assumed this was not a new ANR. Brown suggested that there should be a fee, since the Board spent time on it. Cundiff stated that the fee would be approximated $200. By consensus, the Board decided that the fee should be paid. Medeiros stated that John Andrews would come to the Community Development Office to pay the fee. Until the fee is paid, the ANR will be held at the Community Development Office.
· A MOTION was made to endorse this ANR plan by Rosenkrantz; seconded by Swenson. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

7:20 PM ANR PLAN: TIMOTHY NEALON
“Deer Crossing Subdivision”, Old Farm Road
· There was a miscalculation on lot 17A regarding the square footage. To rectify this, area from lot 18A was moved to lot 17A (the latter will now be called lot 17B). In addition, area was taken from lot 19B to adjust lot 18A (the latter will now be called 18B). Lot 19B is buildable lot.
· Zisk stated that notes have been added to the ANR plan stating that these lots are still covered under the covenants of the subdivision plan.
· A MOTION to endorse this plan was made by Heney; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

7:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING: DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD
Proposed Changes/Amendments to the Town of Douglas Rules & Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land in Douglas
· Cundiff stated that the Planning Board has had a series of workshops over the last several months. As a result, the Board generated a list of comments, which Cundiff transcribed onto the current rules and regulations. Cundiff also reformatted the document so that it makes more sense to the reader and added an index. This is not the final document, but rather a work-in-progress.
· The following items of the rules and regulations (a copy of this document is available at the Community Development Office) were covered during the meeting:
1. PURPOSE – Changes made to this section were accepted by consensus.
2. Renumbering of various sections – any and all renumbering was accepted by consensus.
3. “Access” added to the DEFINITION section – This new definition was accepted by consensus. Regarding the common driveway bylaw, access must come through the frontage with emphasis on access for emergency vehicles.
4. “Developer” added to the DEFINITION section – This new definition was accepted by consensus.
5. “Lot” added to the DEFINITION section – Mungeam suggested there should be clarification between a buildable and non-buildable lot. “Lot” will refer to a buildable lot. Cundiff will add the definition “parcel” to describe a non-buildable lot.
6. “Streets” – Cundiff stated that these definitions are important because they are used throughout the rules and regulations document. These definitions are also important for construction purposes, since different street types require different widths. The definition “residential street” was accepted by consensus. The definition of “secondary street” was amended to read “a street which connects or may eventually connect two or more subdivisions, two or more streets within the Town, or two or more groups of minor streets within the same subdivision”, and accepted by consensus. The definition of “principal street” was accepted by consensus.
7. “Subdivider” added to the DEFINITION section – This new definition was accepted by consensus.
8. ANR PLAN section – Changes to the Administration/General and Presentation sections were accepted by consensus. The Contents section had the following changes: wording of #10 and #11 was altered.
· A MOTION to continue this Public Hearing to Tuesday, July 26, 2005, from 7:30 to 8:30, was made by Heney; seconded by Swenson. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

8:20 PM DISCUSSION: “Whispering Pines” Subdivision
· Zisk stated that, upon a site visit, he discovered that the catch basin was moved eleven feet from originally planned. This change was done without prior approval by the Town Engineer or Planning Board. Zisk received opposition when he informed the subcontractor that significant changes to the plan, such as this, should receive prior approval. Cundiff concurred that such changes should normally be pre-approved. Zisk did say that otherwise the subcontractor has had good communication with he and Cundiff. The Board confirmed that Zisk handled the situation appropriately. Rosenkrantz suggested that the subcontractor attend a meeting, but Vanden Berg thought it unnecessary since he already had a discussion with the subcontractor about the situation.

8:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: CHERRIER REALTY CORP.
Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan of Land Entitled “King Estates”
Located off Wallis Street
· Paul Hutnak, of the Heritage Design Group, was present to discuss this application. Hutnak stated, that since a full Board was not present, he would not present anything at the meeting. Hutnak submitted, in writing, a request for an extension of the application period (until October 1, 2005).
· Cindy Dizersky, of 97 Northwest Main Street, is concerned that this was the second time that the Applicant decided not to present anything due to an absent Board member. Vanden Berg stated that most Applicants do prefer a full Board. Heney and Mungeam agreed that it was just good business, on the Applicant’s part, to prefer a full Board. Rosenkrantz pointed out that absentee members could still vote. Rosenkrantz suggested that the Board consider limiting the number of continuances, or requiring continuances every time a full Board is not present.
· Cundiff stated that he has not received anything from the Applicant since the last public hearing. Vanden Berg informed Hutnak that the Board needs more information, well before the next public hearing, to allow time for the Town Engineer and Board members to review. Hutnak stated that he has been working on it and is currently looking at land for other access points. Cundiff pointed out that if new access points were added, it would become a new project. Zisk recommended that the project be withdrawn and started anew once more information is obtained.
· A MOTION to continue this Public Hearing to Tuesday, August 9, 2005, from 7:30 to 8:30 was made by Heney; seconded by Brown. VOTE: YES-5, NO-1. VOTE PASSED.


9:20 PM ANR PLAN: ROBERT B. & SUSAN H. CULLINAN
Northwest Main Street
· The ANR plan is for three lots. Zisk stated that his comments have been addressed and that he recommends endorsement. Mungeam asked whether there are any wetlands; there are none.
· A MOTION to endorse this ANR plan was made by Brown; seconded by Heney. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

9:30 PM PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED: K.D. BUILDERS, INC.
Application for a Definitive Subdivision Plan of Land Entitled “Whitin Reservoir Estates”
Located off Douglas Hill Way, east of Northwest Main Street
· Swenson recused himself from this Public Hearing.
· Scott Medeiros, from Andrews Survey & Engineering, was present to discuss this subdivision. On behalf of the Applicant, Medeiros requested a continuance until the Town Engineer has his final comments, including the hydraulic review. Medeiros also submitted, in writing, a request for an extension of the application period.
· A MOTION to continue this Public Hearing to Tuesday, July 26, at 9:30, was made by Heney; seconded by Brown. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

MEETING MINUTES OF 4/26/05, 5/11/05
· After review, a MOTION was made Swenson to approve the meeting minutes of April 26, 2005; seconded by Brown. VOTE: UNANIMOUS.
· After review, a MOTION was made Brown to approve the meeting minutes of May 11, 2005; seconded by Swenson. VOTE: UNANIMOUS.

DISCUSSION:
1. Letter from Debra MacGregor, 654 Northwest Main Street, requesting permission to construct a radio tower (Zoning Bylaws 6.5.2 – under jurisdiction of the Planning Board) – The Board determined that, in order to make a decision regarding this request, a Public Hearing would be necessary. The Board asked that the applicant be informed that a special permit, and therefore Public Hearing would be required.
2. Rae H. Johnson, off Ledgestone Road: Review of site walk – Johnson is wondering whether he can move forward and subdivide. Vanden Berg and Swenson conducted a site walk. Swenson stated that he saw a brook and that he thinks the road is minimal. Cundiff stated that the Town map shows a dotted line where the road is located, but the road is not actually listed. The Town Clerk does have the road listed as a private way. Vanden Berg questioned whether the Town Clerk has the authority to deem the road a public way. Cundiff told the Board that Johnson is planning to submit an ANR plan and that the Board approved an ANR plan located farther up the road, last Fall. Mungeam questioned whether the road meets the rules and regulations. Cundiff replied that he thinks the road meets the necessary tests. Vanden Berg said Board members should go out to the site to determine whether they feel the road can handle the traffic, especially emergency vehicles. Rosenkrantz suggested that the Board could require the road be brought up to a better level of construction before approving the ANR plan. Cundiff will tell Johnson that the Board is still looking at the site and will get back to him.
3. Letter from Gene Morin dated 5/27/05 requesting to subdivide property on Lakeshore Drive – This request is similar to #2 above: the road is not shown on the map but is listed with the Town Clerk. Swenson talked to Morin, who wants to split his property into two lots. Cundiff advised the Board to conduct a site walk in order to give Morin feedback.
4. Letter from Hanover Insurance Company dated 6/2/05, regarding a bond in the amount of $22,000 for McIntyre Loam, Davis Street, now owned by the Town – The site is on Davis Street, where the school is located. Cundiff stated he felt the bond could be released. A MOTION to release this bond was made by Heney; seconded by Swenson. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

ADJOURNMENT
At 10:00pm, a MOTION was made by Brown to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Rosenkrantz. VOTE UNANIMOUS.

Respectfully submitted,
Community Development Dept.


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